About

I’m an artist and writer based on the West Coast of Scotland.

As a visual artist, I work mostly in mixed media, aiming for the tipping point between drawing and painting, abstraction and realism.

Recurring concerns include perception and phenomenology; the body; the sea; the self; womanhood; safety & mortality; memory; space, and creating space in the picture plane where dialogues between observation and imagination can happen.

As a writer, I work mostly as a poet.

In 2018, I was awarded a residency at Cove Park from Dunoon Burgh Hall, where I explored the possible connections and overlap between my visual art and written work. Although I found the two metiers didn’t mix very successfully, I did realise that they connect through subject matter and similar, parallel, formal concerns.

Exhibitions

2020 – Drawing Box, 5 x A5, touring

2020 – Changing Tides | Tides Changing, Society of Scottish Artists (online)

2020 – Paisley Art Institute Annual Show

2018 – Cove Park Residencies show at Dunoon Burgh Hall

2017 – Dunoon Connections, Lillie Art Gallery, Glasgow

2016 – Ice, Comar, Isle of Mull

2016 – Europa, Transmission Gallery, London

2016 – Of the Sea, Group Exhibition, Chatham Historic Dockyard

2016 – Elsewhere and Other Places, Dunoon Burgh Hall – with Colm Docherty, Jenny Hunter and Sandy Kiehlmann.

2015 – Cowal Open Studios

2015 – Dunoon Burgh Hall pop-up gallery, Argyll St, Dunoon

2015 – ’20’ – Trongate 103, Glasgow

2014 – Stravaigin – Dunoon Burgh Hall

2012 Bute Studio Trail

2011 Trossachs Open Studios

2008 Glasgow Art Fair

2011, 2008, 2007, 2006 Compass Gallery Winter Show

2005 Independent Studios Exhibition

2005 Catterline Open Studios

Education

1996 – 1999 Glasgow School of Art, Drawing & Painting

1994 – Aberdeen College, Foundation Course, Art and Design

 

Writing

For around ten years, I wrote and published commercial fiction under a pseudonym, writing two novels, dozens of short stories and many articles, as well as editing, copy writing and publishing an ezine.My work has been translated into German, Swedish, and other languages.

After having children, I focussed on poetry. Tapping out syllables for haiku on the pram handle kept me ‘writing’ when the children were tiny.

In 2020, I was awarded an Ignite Fellowship from the Scottish Book Trust, to work on a collection of poems about the west coast of Scotland.

Prizes:

‘The Whore’s Bath in Art’ won the James Kirkup memorial prize in 2012,

‘Land Girls’ won the William Soutar Prize for poetry in 2013 and

‘Private Burden’ the Nairn Books & Arts Festival prize, 2014

Runner up in the Holland Park Prize.

‘The Blacksmith’s Daughter’ was Runner up in the Stirling Books and Arts prize, 2011.

Publications

‘Up with the lark’ – Green Fields, Maytree Press

‘The Walk of Shame’ – X, the poetry of Sex, ed Sophie Hannah

‘Monserrat’ – Only Connect, Cinnamon Press

My pamphlet, ‘Meeting Buddha in Dumbarton’ was published by Red Squirrel Press. Poems have appeared in Valve, Gutter, Iota, Poetry Scotland, at ‘And Other Poems’, and various other magazines and publications.